• October Newsletter

    Posted by Heather Williams on 10/23/2019


    Updates and News: 

    The year has started out strong with a lot of energy and adjustments to our students’ second year. Thank you all for staying connected with me. I appreciated teaming with all of you in keeping your students successful and on track. This newsletter is a longer one as we are coming out of our College Fair/PSAT month and heading into Post Secondary Month in November.


    Upcoming Dates:

    • November 6th - Post Secondary Month Kick Off Assembly (a detailed letter will be coming from Principal Courtney detailing this month and events).
    • All of November - I will be doing a Career Exploration unit in the Science classes utilizing Montana Career Information System (https://mtcis.intocareers.org/materials/portal/home.html). Students will store their information in a Google Classroom.
    • November 13th and 14th are Parent-Teacher Conferences
    • November 20th - Life After Graduation Fair 8-11am. Local education, military, business, and job prep vendors will be present to discuss options for post-secondary planning.


    Helpful Resources for Post Secondary Education: 

    • Raise Me  - A new way to earn money for college. Anyone can earn money for college starting in 9th grade based on their achievements in school and life. Begin tracking in an account starting now. Link here.
    • Quick information in a user friendly format on all Montana colleges, events, and financial supports at https://www.montanacolleges.com/
    • The University of Montana Trio/Upward Bound Program serves students with need for academic support in order for them to reach their dream of attending college. Eligible Upward Bound high school students must be raised in low income families and/or families where neither parent has earned a bachelor's degree. Additionally, the students must demonstrate academic need for program services and aspire to attend college once they graduate from high school. After school tutoring and summer programming at U of M are among the programs provided. Learn more here.


    Stay Connected: 

    • Explore all sorts of pertinent information on our Counseling Website here.. Of particular interest this upcoming month is the Life After High School Guide with details on each pathway a student may want to pursue after graduation. Link here
    • We are coming to the end of our second progress period. Use the Parent and Student Q via the school website to keep up to date on academic progress and communicate with staff.

    Parent Portal Help (.pdf)

    Parent Portal Mobile Help (.pdf)

    Do you need your Q Parent Portal Login Information?  Click Here



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  • September Updates

    Posted by Miranda Panion on 9/10/2019

    Sophomore School Counseling News!


    Dear Guardians of the Class of 2022,


    Welcome back! I am not going to lie, I am sad summer is coming to an end but I am also very excited to see all the kids returning and start our second year together. I have already met with many of them regarding schedules last spring and these past two weeks. It is always hectic trying to get in and see a counselor to get a schedule that works for both the student and the school system.  Thanks for your patience and understanding of the system limitations. It has been wonderful being with the same group of students and families this year and I am excited to continue this journey with all of you.


    Upcoming Dates:

    • Sept. 11th  is Open House from 6-7:30pm. 

    • PSATs - Oct 16th at BSHS.

    • November 14th and 15th are Parent-Teacher Conferences


    Stay Connected: 

    Do you need your Q Parent Portal Login Information?  Click Here

    • Please feel free to make an appointment. This way I can give you my full attention without interruptions. Students and parents/guardians can request an appointment on the Big Sky High School Counseling Website.  Click on the Mrs. Williams button. You may also call or email to schedule an appointment. However, you may walk in without an appointment during a crisis, when referred by a teacher, or during breaks between classes. 



    I need information/support about...



    Housing, child care, financial assistance, utilities assistance, public programs and benefits

    Family Resource Specialist

    Danielle Eeds

    Help for students who are at risk for dropping out of high school

    Graduation Coach

    Scott Mathews

    Health Science Academy (HSA)

    HSA Coordinator

    Andrea Stephens

    International baccalaureate (IB) Program

    IB Coordinator

    Melenia Helmer

    Native American Student Support

    Native American Specialist

    Crystal Whiteshield

    Specific social, psychological, emotional or physical difficulties that are barriers to school success.

    Social Worker

    Amy Weimer

    Requesting records and transcripts.


    Deb Pengelly

    Final Points: 

    • The period to change schedules ends on Sept. 6th, however adjustments may be made if we discover students have been placed incorrectly in core subjects

    • The cell phone policy in the counseling center will align with the overall school policy. When students are in the Counseling Center their cell phone must be in the cell phone caddy behind the Registrar’s door. Counseling Staff will follow our school’s cell phone policy and confiscate your phone if you are in violation.

      Important numbers to know! 

    • Attendance/Main office-728-2401

    • Counselor-728-2400 ext. 8033

    • Registrar-728-2400 ext. 8030

    It is our mission at Big Sky to help every student with their academic, career, and personal/social needs. I am here to celebrate in successes and help with any problems that are preventing someone from being the best student they can be. Counseling services may include individual visits, group counseling, and classroom guidance lessons. There is never a foolish question or reason to come see me. It is my job to help you!

    I look forward to an exciting school year!


    Heather Williams, M.S., Ed.S

    School Counselor 

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